September 14, 2015 Farm News

The usual garden view, Sept. 14, the right side in the photo being nearly all fallow now.

The usual garden view, Sept. 14, the right side in the photo being nearly all fallow now.

On Tuesday, early morning we had rain. A nice amount. It broke the drought and since then we have had even more rain and things have once more started to get greener.  The rainfall totaled about 35 mm, so that was significant and very helpful.  The pastures will come back, though it will take a week or more to get any significant regrowth, and in the meantime cows and horses must eat. The sheep have been getting fed hay and garden grasses and weeds for a while now as their pasture has of course been dried up as well. May have to feed a little more hay to the cows. Horses will have some pasture for while longer.|

Three of the four munching on pretty good though far from excellent pasture.

Three of the four munching on pretty good though far from excellent pasture.

The animals are coping well though. Chickens, ducks, sheep, goat, donkey, cattle beasts and horses. Dogs and cats and a single ringed neck Indian Parakeet too.

An oldster rooster(Barnevelder)  to the right and a youngster (Buff Bramha X Chantecler) left, both about the same size.

An oldster rooster(Barnevelder) to the right and a youngster (Buff Bramha X Chantecler) left, both about the same size.

Notice that the grass behind and around the cows now has a distinct green hue whereas last week it was noticeably brown.

Notice that the grass behind and around the cows now has a distinct green hue whereas last week it was noticeably brown.

The garden itself has benefited greatly. Although we were watering steadily we could not get enough water on fast enough and once a portion was watered it was too long a time before we got more water to it.  The high temperatures, sun and wind combined to make the dry conditions worse.  But in spite of all most things are alright. Maybe not as alright as they might be but still growing and giving us leaves, flowers and fruits.

This part of the garden is growing well: peppers, chard, tomatoes, kale, lettuce, spinach, more tomato, Broccoli and much more.

This part of the garden is growing well: peppers, chard, tomatoes, kale, lettuce, spinach, more tomato, Broccoli and much more.

Great first crop of Broccoli, not so stellar second lot as the plants were not much liking the heat. Broccoli strains have not been developed for the heat of a tropical summer.  The plants will recover and as we get cooler temperatures they will put on a lot of secondary shoots, many of a good size and in total will be greater than the initial flower buds.

Four rows of broccoli still in the recovery mode.  Somewhat smaller than might be expected.

Four rows of broccoli still in the recovery mode. Somewhat smaller than might be expected.

 

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